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Tsé's Build

Discussion in '1st Gen Builds (2000-2006)' started by NomadicFrog, May 13, 2018.

  1. May 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM
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    NomadicFrog

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    Just bought my 2003 Tundra Access Cab with 95K miles on it. I'm completely new to Toyotas, Tundras, and trucks in general. I bought it because I have become addicted to getting further off the pavement than my former Ford Focus hatchback would allow, particularly the high desert of the Colorado plateau in northern Arizona and southern Utah.

    Here are some photos and stories from trips I've made to that area:

    http://www.nomadicfrog.com/journal/2017/07/14/great-tintype-adventure-of-2017-part-1
    http://www.nomadicfrog.com/journal/2017/09/18/excursion-to-the-toroweap-overlook
    http://www.nomadicfrog.com/journal/2017/10/26/great-tintype-adventure-of-2017-part-3

    (I know I said I was new to trucks: the yellow "truck" in those pics is my fiancées ancient Ford Escape.)

    Also got a ride out to watch the eclipse with my friend Shane and his Tundra:

    http://www.nomadicfrog.com/journal/2017/08/27/solar-eclipse-of-2017-a-tintype-attempt

    My Tundra is also my daily driver, since in order to afford it I traded in my Focus...which cut my gas mileage by 2/3.

    == Mods so far ==

    My general idea when I get a new car is to protect it, prepare for issues, and fix little things that irritate me.

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    -Gaffer tape over the door lock / unlock beeper.

    -Haynes Repair Manual.

    -Westin rubber truck bed mat.

    -Floor mats: tried Weathertechs, they didn't fit very well - weird gap at the door, etc. Going to try Huskys, but they don't seem to have the fancy version for older Tundras any more?

    -New windshield wipers. Very exciting, I know.

    == Plans ==

    Since I spent twice as much on the truck as I had planned, bigger mods will have to wait a bit, but here's the list:

    -Replace tonneau cover with a mid-rise or high-rise camper shell. If anyone has such a shell, let me know. If anyone wants my tonneau, let me know, but I want to get a shell before I get rid of the tonneau.

    -Build a bed / storage platform and desk / dining area. There are so many great ideas for this on this site!

    -Remove part or all of the Access Cab seats and build a storage system back there. I started it with the idea of keeping some of the seats in, but have since decided to remove them entirely.

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    -Roof rack.

    -Get and mount the usual off road and recovery gear: air compressor, sand boards, a jack, shovel, jerry can(s), fire extinguisher, etc.

    -Double-check and / or add tow points.

    -Plastidip some stuff, just because it seems like a cheap way to have some fun. I tried some gunmetal gray, was not thrilled with the results (my fault) or the look (color choice). Doing it at 105F in the sun probably didn't help. Also, now that I've done it once, I think I went a little overboard with the masking.

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    == Stuff I'm not sure about ==

    -Leveling / lifting, bigger tires, etc.

    -Bumpers, winch.

    -Rock sliders. I don't anticipate doing anything crazy enough to warrant them for the eponymous purpose, but they do seem more useful, for what I might get into, as safe(-er) jacking points on the side of the truck.

    -Skid plate(s).

    == Before photos ==

    Here are some shots of my Tundra a few days after I bought it, to serve as a baseline before my mods, damage, and desert pinstriping.

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  2. May 13, 2018 at 12:20 PM
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    Dmas

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    Congrats on the new truck, it looks very clean and well maintained.
     
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  3. May 13, 2018 at 12:49 PM
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    Grey Wolf

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    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, and S/T Maxx's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles. Custom dual true dual exhaust. Body Armor Rock Steps, Smittybilt X20 winch, DV8 winch bumper
    Nice!!!!
     
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  4. May 13, 2018 at 2:22 PM
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    alex.wimpee

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    Awesome!!! Welcome to the family! I currently run 285/75 BFG K02 tires which used to barely rub on super sharp turns when I had stock suspension. That was fixed with 1/4” spacers though. But other than that they’re just big enough to give you a little more clearance but not so big where you have to gear down to save your diff or get a lift. For what it looks like you do they’d be perfect. Maybe throw an E-Locker in there and you’ll be set!
     
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  5. May 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM
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    Cool, thanks for the specific advice! It does seem like I don't need to do anything dramatic, at least not to start with, so choosing tires like that that won't require other significant modifications sounds like just the ticket.
     
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  6. May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM
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    TheBeast

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    clean gen 1 !
     
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  7. May 13, 2018 at 3:27 PM
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    JBSTOY

    JBSTOY Was tired, so I woke up.

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    Really cool story and photography. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  8. May 17, 2018 at 11:40 PM
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    When I brought my Tundra home from the dealer I looked through all the compartments and cubby holes and such. Found all of the service records from the previous owner, complete with mailing address. So I sent him a postcard and asked him to get in touch if he wanted.

    The gentleman called me this afternoon and we had a great chat. I asked him about the vehicle - was it really in as good a condition as the dealer claimed, were there any problems or anything - and he said all kinds of great things (and he has zero reason to BS me). He just took amazing care of the truck, took the idea of preventative maintenance to a crazy extreme. Looks like I have a pretty solid truck to start off my next 200K miles. Also cool to make another good connection.
     
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  9. May 18, 2018 at 12:03 AM
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    TRD Supercharged * BDS 4.5 level with Fox Shocks * AMP running Boards * Bed Rug, Spyder Headlights with HID Conversion * 46 Gal TransferFlow Fuel Tank * Fuel 2 Piece Hostage Wheels * 35" Toyo RT's * Backflip Bed Cover * Pioneer Avic NEX8200 with Amp, Speakers & Subs * Trailer Tow Mirrors * N-Fab Bumper Bar with 30" Vision LED Light Bar *
    This is a cool story!
     
  10. May 18, 2018 at 1:22 AM
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    I am a amateur radio op and my truck had a callsign in the rear window. I looked it up and emailed him. He emailed back and he has filled in the blanks on the history of my one owner truck. Sometimes making contact with a conscientious previous owner works out.
     
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  11. May 19, 2018 at 2:31 PM
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    A couple of days ago I picked up a camper shell from a really nice new friend down in Tucson.

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    It's not an exact color match, but this beggar can't be a chooser right now.

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    It's bare inside, so I need to learn about carpeting, repairing the torn-out screens, and then have fun putting in some lights and stuff!
     
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  12. May 19, 2018 at 2:34 PM
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    Today I fixed the broken window latch / hinges in the access cab section. Very exciting. If you just can't wait to find out more, I wrote it up here.

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    All fixed.

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  13. May 19, 2018 at 5:37 PM
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    Floor mats. Sigh.

    First I ordered Weathertechs, since they seemed to be widely used and loved. I was not impressed - they didn't fit like a glove like in the photos. For one thing, I realize, the 1st gen Tundras don't have a recessed footwell - the threshold is the same level as the floor, so the mat doesn't sit down in. I also thought that the matching gray version looked cheap and plasticy, so I got black, and when I installed them I wasn't thrilled.

    I thought I'd try Huskys, but as far as I can tell they don't make their fancy models for older trucks, and what I got looked horrible. For $62 I want something that is sturdier and better looking than a tray from a hospital cafeteria.

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    Whereas the Weathertechs had a gap to catch my feet on, theirs was unintentional and fixable. The Huskys have a lip that sticks up and, yes, will perhaps trap liquids better. I think, though, that I will rarely get that much water in there, while I will guaranteed get pissed off at catching my feet on it every time I get in the truck.

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    I was all set to return both sets and try a gray Weathertech, but... decided to just keep the black ones and move on with life.

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    I really don't like this gap at the door sill, but two things: 1) I have heard that after a few days, especially in Arizona heat, it will droop and conform to the floor better, and 2) a little piece of velcro underneath should hold it down ok.

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    Same deal for this gap in the passenger foot well. Either it will droop into place or I'll fasten it somehow.

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    Not really sure what's going on here. First I don't feel like the mat should have to go behind the console panel thing, and second, I don't know what the bump in the mat is for. It's clearly formed, so do some 1st gens have a hose or something in that space (it's the left side of the passenger foot well).

    The driver side fit slightly better, but still has that sill gap.

    Anyhow, if somebody with a first gen is trying to decide on Weathertech or Husky, black on gray or not, here's my experience for ya.
     
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  14. May 20, 2018 at 8:40 PM
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    Tried to install seals on the new-to-me camper shell. Didn't go so well. Here's the write-up.

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    Also failed at installing DIY superstrut accessory / utility rails. Here's that experience.

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    My finger is in the hole I had been planning to bolt everything through, before removing the bed cap and discovering the hole isn't accessible.
     
  15. May 21, 2018 at 1:20 AM
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    We all have a learning curve. Some are more vertical than others! Sometimes we do stuff that doesn't work. The other day I ran some radio wiring down the right side firewall seal to the rear of the cab for a radio install. As soon as I transmitted it switched in to 4 wheel high. Guess where the 4x4 control box is? Yep. Right where this idiot ran the wiring!
     
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  16. May 21, 2018 at 1:27 AM
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    GNTundra The Notorious Troll Sniper

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    Tsé Navajo language, correct?
    :)
     
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  17. May 21, 2018 at 8:21 AM
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    Yeah. My fiancée insists on naming vehicles, and with a name that starts with the letter of the vehicle make, so in this instance "T" for Toyota. Her Ford Escape is "Flora" since it's bright yellow. I needed a "T" name, and I didn't really dig the boring normal names she came up with. Tommy, Teddy, Tim, etc. I tried for Theodore (Roosevelt) but that didn't fly with her.

    I finally went through some Navajo words and saw that "Tséchʼízhí" means "rough rock", which seemed fitting for where I want to go with this truck. When I think of getting out into the desert I head straight for Navajo Nation itself, and spend a lot of time in other ancestral Navajo lands in southern Utah, mainly.

    I still need to practice pronouncing Tséchʼízhí, so the truck is generally "Tśe" ("rock") for short.
     
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  18. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM
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    Any pics of the black WT mats from a distance? Can't decide if I should go with black or tan.
     
  19. Jun 13, 2018 at 1:02 PM
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    Sorry for crappy photos.

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    This gap bugs me...

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    ...and I’m not sure what this is for, nor does it fit well.

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  20. Jun 14, 2018 at 7:28 AM
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    Casper421

    Casper421 Adventure in a 1st gen

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    Yeah, the fitment just isn’t correct. I just snapped a pic of my passenger side liner and everything lines up:
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    And minimal gap on the drivers side:
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  21. Jun 14, 2018 at 8:43 AM
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    Interesting, thanks. Maybe it's worth an email to Weathertech. I figured I was just being overly picky - and I had been hoping that a few days in Phoenix heat would help them form into place - but they just don't look like the advertised / promised fit, nor do they look like yours fit.
     
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